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Unschooling? How Will They Learn?

It’s a question unschoolers hear relatively often. Grandparents, friends, sometimes neighbors ask “but if they don’t go to school, how will they learn …. to read? … to do math? … about history? What about social skills?” Often, those questions are a reflection of how little the adult asking remembers of what they learned during their own time in school. I’ve sometimes asked why...

Dealing With Unschooling Criticism

Being an unschooling mom does have it’s moments of absolute frustration on many different levels. Not so much with the belief system that this philosophy of learning does work, and it does, but with the criticism from family members and society as a whole. Although the term homeschooling has been around for a long time, understood and supported by many families, churches, governmental institutions and the...

Unschooling Conferences & Gatherings

Maybe you’ve read about unschooling, talked to some unschooling parents online, asked questions, or read stories. Maybe you don’t know any other unschoolers nearby, and you’d like to meet some unschoolers, or you have a partner who has more questions than you can answer; practical questions like “how do unschooled kids learn math?” or “how do unschooled kids learn to get along with...

Unschooling Is Not…

Quite a few years ago someone looking for unschooling ideas asked this question on the unschooling.com forums (which is no longer there); “What things have you found yourself explaining to others that unschooling is NOT? What commonly accepted notions does unschooling preclude or expose as nonsense?” Here are some of the many answers that were posted; It’s not school. It’s not...

Why Whole Life Unschooling?

Note: I’m so happy to have Sylvia Toyama as a featured writer here at An Unschooling Life. In this, her first article, she talks about her family and why they chose whole life unschooling, and what that means. Anyone who has spent any time at all exploring unschooling, likely knows there’s a variety of ways people define unschooling. The labels vary, depending on how far from mainstream methods a family has moved....

Letting Go Of Food Control

I know that some of you just starting out with unschooling, have a hard time understanding how a child who is able to make their own food choices, will choose healthy foods on their own. The misconception is if you give up food control, they’ll live on cookies and soda. I want to offer a quick glimpse into our lives with something that happened the other day. I went grocery shopping and bought some snacks for my...

Transitioning from Unschooling to College

My name is Autumn Slage and I am 17 years old. My family and I began our Unschooling journey in the Summer of 2006, just as I was starting the 7th grade. Unfortunately, my 7 previous years included: Control, fear and lack of imagination. As you can probably guess, I am talking about the public school system. I could probably take up pages on how the public schools affected my life negatively and mentally on a day to day basis...